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post #3 of Old 02-28-2004
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Topping lifts revisited

I''ll second that "no".

We use our "spare" main halyard as our topping lift. so it all comes back to the cockpit and means we have an emergency backup in case the main halyard goes in a seaway (I do not feel like going up the mast in those cicumstances).

The other option is a boom vang that acts as a rigid support for the boom. There are a number on the market where the pulley system is encased in an aluminium arm and you do not need to go over to hydraulics.

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